Nova 18 Launch

Today saw the launch of Nova 18, carrying the Squirrel smartphone and the Ferret Arduino tracker. Ferret has had some bugfixes since its last flight and seemed to perform much better this time.

The Nova 18 Payloads

The Nova 18 Payloads

The Squirrel smartphone was running a custom app called SquirrelPhoto enabling it to take pictures at set intervals. Unfortunately the software crashed at about 14km, but some excellent images were recorded up until that point.

Nova 18 from 14km by the Squirrel smartphone

Nova 18 from 14km by the Squirrel smartphone

Some work is planned for the Squirrel software and another flight can be expected soon, perhaps with video!